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2008 Playlist

While all of the CDs on this playlist were good enough to be on my show, some deserve to be singled out with the following awards

 

* Recording of Special Merit

** Recording of Exceptional Merit

*** Christmas Spirit Award (unlike the other two designations, this reflects spirit, and musical quality alone is not enough to gain this designation)

 

Where to acquire the CDs listed here?  Apart from the links (just click any CD's title below), the two main sources are amazon.com and cdbaby.com.  For a cappella CDs, the two sources are singers.com and a-cappella.com. 

 

Thursday, December 18

 

Little River Band - "We Call It Christmas" 3, 6, 10

Gretchen Peters - "Northern Lights" 4, 6, 8, 10

Mulberry Lane - "Christmas Spirit" 7, 9, 11, 13

Lucas Prata - "Christmas with."4, 6, 9

Neil Sedaka - "The Miracle of Christmas" 6

Marni Nixon - "My Christmas Card To You"

Crestriders, The - "Cowabunga Christmas" 3, 5, 7, 10, 11

Various - "All Wrapped Up!"2, 3, 5

Various (Ecko Records) - "It's Christmas, Baby" 2, 3, 6, 7

Boxmasters, The - "Christmas Cheer" 1, 3, 6, 8

Honky Tonk Confidential - "Who Gets The Fruitcake This Year?"1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 12

Faith Hill - "Joy to the World" 2 (3:37) 4 (3:08) 9 (2:38) 11 (4:54)

Bob Piorun - "It's Christmas"3, 4, 5, 6, 9

*Cadillacs, The - "Cad Tidings" 2, 4, 5, 6, 9

Teresa Carpio - "A Family Christmas Album" 1, 5, 7, 10, 11

*Brian McKnight - "I'll Be Home for Christmas"  3, 5, 6, 10, 11

Christine Lavin & The Mistletones - "The Runaway Christmas Tree: Favorite Holiday Songs and Bedtime Stories" 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 13

*Various - "(Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents) Christmas A Go Go" 1, 2, 5, 8, 10, 13

Various - "Happy Holidays from Paradiddle Records" 1, 3, 7, 8

Various - "We Wish You A Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year" 3, 7, 9

Mike Campese - "The Meaning of Christmas" 2, 4, 8, 10

KevOz - "A Very Merry Christmas" 2, 5, 7, 9

Ranlom - "Going On Holiday" 2, 6, 7

Van Cooper - ".Late Night Holiday Listening" 2, 5, 7, 10

Doug Astrop - "Holiday Sounds" 3, 4, 6

Various - "Lords a Leaping Vol. III" 2, 5, 6, 7

PEAS featuring Rachel Leslie - "A Christmas Chill" 1, 3, 6, 10

Various - "Divin Enfant" 1, 2, 3, 6

 

Friday, December 19

 

Keri Noble - "Winter Comes Again" 2, 3, 4, 6

*Ledisi - "It's Christmas" 2, 5, 6

Seay - "A Winter Blessing - Songs for the Season" 2, 6, 7

***Chris Trapper - "It's Christmas Time" 2, 4, 5, 6

Silver Belles, The - "'Tis The Season"  5, 8, 11

Johnny Mann Singers - "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" 3, 6, 9, 12

Octappella - "Christmas"  3, 4, 5, 6

*Inner Voices - "Greetings of the Season" 1, 4, 5, 10, 14

*Various - "Peace On Earth- Peaceful Holiday Songs" 1, 5, 6, 7

Royal River Chorus - "Let It Snow" 1, 6, 13, 14

**Brethren - "Then Christmas Comes" 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11 

Ali Matthews - "Looling for Christmas" 3, 4, 5

Enya - "And Winter Came" - 4, 8, 12

CHICKAdivas, The - "Wintersong" 4 (2:47) 5 (3:10) 11 (2:50) 12 (2:12) 15 (2:51)

Alexandria Harmonizers, The - ".Bring You Comfort and Joy" 4, 5, 7, 8, 14

*The Essentials - "Remember December" 4, 6, 7, 10

Connie Hill/Sarah Morrau/Nita Velo - "Halleluiah!" 6, 7, 8, 9 (get it from CDBaby) 

*Haven Quartet - "An Acappella Christmas" 1, 3, 5, 8, 11

**Cheryl Branz - "The Christmas Gift" 2, 3, 6, 9

**Straight No Chaser - "Holiday Spirits"  7, 8, 10, 12, 13 

Janey Clewer and Randy Waldman - "Your Favorite Christmas CD" 1, 3, 4, 7

Praise-apella - "The Perfect Gift" 1, 5, 7

Loreena McKennitt - "A Midwinter Night's Dream" 1, 7, 11

**An Octave Above - "Come on and Take A Sleigh Ride" 1, 7, 9, 11

Frank Sinatra - "The Christmas Collection" 1, 2, 6, 12, 18

*Harry Connick, Jr. - "What A Night!"  12, 14

 

Saturday, December 20

 

Folger Consort - "A Medieval Christmas"1 , 20, 23, 25, 26

L'Arte del Mondo, Werner Ehrhardt - "Assisi Christmas Cantatas" 1-5

Synve Lundgren, Johanna Fernholm - "Scandinavian Christmas" - 3, 5, 8, 13, 18, 27

*New York Latvian Concert Choir, Andrejs Jansons - "Christmas Joy in Latvia" 10-12

Iza - "Noel en Maramures" 1, 5

Corou de Berra - "Noels Provencaux et Nicois" 5, 7, 10, 13

Yann-Fanch Kemener, Aldo Ripoche - "Noel en Bretagne" 7, 11

Choir of Westminster Abbey - "A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey" 11, 16-20

*Pittsburgh Symphony Brass - "A Song of Christmas" 2, 4, 6, 14, 16

*BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin - Leroy Anderson - Sleigh Ride & Other Holiday Favorites" 1, 6

Bella Voce Women's Chorus of Vermont - "Christmas Joy" 4, 6, 10, 12, 16

Counterpoint & the VSO Brass Quintet - "Christmas in Vermont" - 12, 23, 1-3

(Oshkosh Chamber Singers 2008 A Festival of Lessons in Carols Concert - private recording)

Oshkosh West High School Choirs - "Carols of Christmas" (available in various Oshkosh stores) - 5, 6, 8

Kairos: A Consort of Singers - "Christus Natus Est" 12, 16, 18, 19, 21

Huddersfield Choral Society - "The Carols Album" - 1, 2, 6, 16, 25, 26

*Clarion Brass Choir - "Nutcracker Suite Dreams" - 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Concordia College (Moorhead) - "Come to the Living Water: 2007 Christmas Concert" - 7, 8, 15, 17, 20, 24

Mignarda - "Duo Seraphim: Lute Songs & Solos for Advent & Christmas Tide" 8, 11, 16, 18

*Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, The, with the King's Singers - "Rejoice and Be Merry" 2, 5, 8, 13

*Imani Winds - "This Christmas" - 2, 4, 7, 12

Kolner Kantorei, Volker Hempfling - "Advent" - 12, 14, 15, 19

Burning River Brass - "Christmas Around The World" 12, 14

 

Monday, December 22

 

Minister Win Thompkins - "Foot Stompin Christmas" - 1, 4, 9

Coko - "A Coko Christmas" - 2, 5, 6, 9

Travis Cottrell - "Ring The Bells" - 2, 4, 6

Jeff Majors - "Sacred Holidays" - 4, 6, 9

Shane & Shane - "Glory In The Highest" 1, 3, 7, 10

Paul Morton - "Paul Morton's Christmas" - 5, 9

Gaither Vocal Band - "Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style" 5, 7, 8, 10

*Lenny LeBlanc - "Christmas Night" - 1, 2, 3, 7, 8

Various - "Christmas Gospel Heritage" - 5, 6, 9

Caleb Collins - "Christmas" 2, 5, 13

*Various - "Essential LDS Christmas" 2, 3, 5, 9, 12

Various - "Sharing Christmas: Songs for the Season" 2, 8

Paris Bennett - "A Royal Christmas" 2, 5, 7

Bishop T.D. Jakes - "The Gift That Remains" 4, 6, 9

Mary Donnelly Haskell - "Just in Time for Christmas" 2, 4

Marnell - "Come to the Manger" 5, 6, 9

Various - "X Christmas" - 3, 6, 9, 13

Various - "The Gospel Christmas Project" 4, 6, 16

Sixpence None The Richer - "The Dawn of Grace" 3, 6, 8, 10

*Sara Groves - "O Holy Night" 3, 4, 6, 10

Annie Moses Band - "This Glorious Christmas" 5, 6, 9, 11

Loose Ties - "Yule Ties" - 2, 5, 6, 8, 13

Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven - "Evergreen" 1, 3, 6

Rose and Thistle Band - "Celtic Christmas" 3, 5, 7

Reilly - "Kick Ass Celtic Christmas" -7, 9, 11

Gordon Rydquist - "Have Yourself a Global Little Christmas" - 3, 4, 7, 11

Beth Pederson - "Christmas In Their Eyes" - 3, 8, 9, 12

 

Tuesday, December 23

 

Spyro Gyra - "A Night Before Christmas" - 5, 6, 9

*Al Jarreau - "Christmas" 1, 2, 7, 8 

Various - "Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas" - 2, 4, 5, 7

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble I, The - "Christmas Day, My Favorite Day" - 1, 4, 6

Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Band - "A Swingin' Christmas" 2, 7, 9, 11

Tim Green & Trio Cambia - "Change of Seasons" - 1, 6

Various - "Verve Unmixed Christmas" - 3, 6

Various - "Verve Remixed Christmas" - 3, 6

*Judy Roberts & Jackie Allen - "Santa Baby"  4, 10, 16

Royce Campbell - "A Jazz Guitar Christmas Vol. II" - 5, 7, 9

Mariah Hortons-M Sandberg Duo "Christmas Jazz"  5, 6, 8, 9

John Garvey - "Holly and Hearth" 1, 3, 8, 11

John Garvey - "A Christmas Motley" - 4, 5, 10

(get John's CDs at cdbaby.com)

Bradley Joseph - "Christmas Around The World" - 9, 11, 12

Lorie Line and her Pop Christmas Orchestra - "Christmas Around The World" - 5, 8, 9

Amy Lauren - "Winter & Christmas" - 1, 4, 9, 15

Gary Smith - "Country Piano Christmas" - 1, 8, 11, 12

David Arkenstone - "Christmas Lounge: A Holiday Chillout Mix" - 7, 8, 11

Pamela Howland - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"- 1, 3, 5, 7, 10

Lisa Addeo - "Spirit of the Holidays" CD 1: 2, 6, 7

Ken Elkinson - "Generations of Yuletide" - 3, 8, 12

Chip Mergott - "O Holy Night: Christmas Carols for Keyboard" - 4, 6, 9, 13

Frank Argento - "Christmas Piano" - 2, 3, 8

Various - "A Piano Christmas in the 1920s" - 4, 6, 8, 10

Bradley Joseph - "Classic Christmas" - 2, 6, 10

John Erickson - "A Feeling of Christmas"- 1, 5, 7, 11

Doug Hammer - "Noel" - 2, 6, 8, 15

Café Accordion Orchestra - "Café Christmas" - 6, 8, 10

 

Wednesday, December 24

 

Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey - "Christmas at St. Michael's Abbey" 12-16

Gloriae Dei Cantores - "Be Merry! Celebrate Advent and Christmas with Gloriae Dei Cantores" - 1, 6, 9, 13, 15

Colin Andrews - "Hommage á Messiaen" - 10

*Washington National Cathedral - "Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of Carols" 1-12

**musica intima - "O Nata Lux" - 3, 4, 8, 9, 14

Sissel, with Jose Carreras - "Northern Lights" - 8, 12

**Luther College - "Arise, Shine: For Thy Light Has Come - Christmas at Luther 2007" - 9, 15, 17, 22, 25

*M. Dee Stewart & Fabio Sampo - "Trombone Ornaments: Seasonal Music for Two Trombones and Jazz Rhythm Section" - 1, 3, 6, 7, 8

**Conspirare - "Love Again: Christmas at the Carillon 2007" - 8-10, 26-29

*Clarion Brass Choir - "A Partridge In A Pear Tree" - 9, 11

Las Cantantes (Women's Choir, U of New Mexico)- "My Dancing Day" - 7, 9, 21

*Fairfax Choral Society & Orchestra - "Tidings of Joy" - 3, 16, 17, 20

*Peter Richard Conte, Philadelphia Brass Ensemble, The Wanamaker Organ - "Christmas in the Grand Tradition" - 1, 9, 16, 17

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra - "Christmas Symphony"- 5, 8, 11

*St. Joseph Cathedral - "Thy Radiance Bright: Music for Advent and Christmas"- 4, 5, 17, 22

*St. Olaf University - "Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide: Christmas at St. Olaf 2007" CD 1: 7, 15; CD 2: 1, 10, 11, 15

*Chicago A Cappella - "Christmas A Cappella: Songs From Around The World" - 3, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17

St. Mark's Cathedral Choir (Seattle) - "How Brightly Shines The Morning Star" - 5, 17, 18

Burning River Brass - "Christmas Around The World" - 4, 6, 8, 10

 

Thursday, December 25

 

*Kohala - "Kohala Christmas"- 1, 7, 9

Trinidadio Steel Drum Ensemble - "Christmas in Paradise" - 2, 6

Amjad Ali Khan - "Hope" - 4, 8

Gregg Hansen - "The Six Strings of Christmas"

Doc Heide & Eric Lewis - "Christmas in Door County" - 3, 6, 9, 11

Phil Passen with Tom Conway - "Cold Frosty Morning" - 7, 11

Ian Hattwick - "Christmas Snowfall" - 9, 10, 17

Alexander Zonjic & Ervin Monroe - "Pipers' Holiday" - 1, 6

*Various - "Holiday Blues in Greens" (get it on CDBaby - all proceeds benefit American Cancer Society) - 3, 6, 8, 11, 12

Douglas Blue Feather - "Kokopelli Christmas" - 6, 13

*Michael McCabe - "Acoustic Christmas" - 1, 3, 5, 8, 14

John Kovac - "Harp! The Herald Angels' Strings" - 1, 4, 5, 11

*Richard Gilewitz - "Strings for a Season" - 1, 7, 10, 11, 15

Janet Harbison and the Irish Harp Orchestra - "A Christmas Collection" - 3, 6, 12, 15

Jim "Kimo" West - "Kimo's Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas" - 1, 2, 8, 11

Anne & Pete Sibley - "Winter on the Great Divide"

*Dave Stryker - "Six String Santa" - 1, 3, 4, 12, 15

Maya - "In The Spirit" - 3, 6, 7, 16

*Various Nashville Guitarists - "Christmas Guitar" - 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 15

Steve and Ruth Smith - "An Appalachian Winter" - 1, 3, 6, 10, 13

*Heidi O'Gara Jellison - "Christmas Harp" - 12, 14, 16, 20

**Kevin Ramessar - "Acoustic Christmas" - 1, 2, 4, 7, 8

...plus a half-hour of my customary closing pieces

by Clark, Leslie A. last modified Nov 22, 2011 03:25 PM